When you are on the verge of greatness, it's natural to want to share your good news with everyone around you...right? I'm not talking about things that have already been accomplished, I'm talking about the "I'm about to..." news.
True enough, you may have every intention to do all the things you promote, but sometimes life happens and things fall through. Or, you could be one of these social celebrities posting things for likes and attention with no real intention of completing the things you've put out there. For the sake of exercising positive intent (a strategy I learned in Corporate America training), let's assume you really are trying to make these things happen.
About three or four years ago, I wrote this awesome little book. Someone advised me to use social media to pump up the anticipation for potential buyers. So I did. I shared bits and pieces of the cover, I even put out a tentative release date even though I hadn't got confirmation from the publisher. Then, I decided not to publish the book. I felt it needed more work, I wasn't pleased with the edits the editor made, and the whole process just turned into something that made me nervous and uneasy. I became insecure, but I already had soooooo many people congratulating me and anticipating the release (hides face and crawls under a big huge rock).
That situation turned into one of many valuable lessons for me, espeically in the publishing world. Writing and publishing a book is a time consuming task. I enjoy writing when I can pace myself with realistic deadlines and I have time to enjoy the process. I can apply this to my life as a whole. If you know me, you know I am usually driven by deadlines and goals and a solid plan for where I want to go and where I want to be. I am learning to take life one day at a time. I am continually working towards my goals, but I am learning not to put unnecessary pressure on myself to meet some crazy deadline that I put in my own head.
I think (using positive intent) we promote the things we are working on because we are looking for support from others. We all need a little push sometimes, and sometimes we think that over-sharing or putting it out there will help us stay motivated.
I found some eye-opening information from an article written in 2009 (Derek Sivers), that can help us discern our intentions when it comes to announcing our plans before we accomplish them.
In closing, #hushgirl and move in silence.